Perennials... year after year.

Among the most rewarding traits of perennials is the fact that they come up unprompted year after year to offer the garden masses and highlights of color in uninterrupted but ever-changing patterns from April to November.

A perennial, in the broadest horticultural definition, is any plant that lives for three of more years. The definition covers a lot of ground, embracing both dandelions and giant redwoods and thousands of species in between.

But when gardeners talk about perennials, they almost always mean -as does this website- flowering garden plants with stems that are herbaceous, i.e., fleshy rather than woody, and that usually die down to the soil's surface before winter, while the roots remain alive and ready to send up new growth the next season. (Technically, bulbous plants such as tulips and daffodils are perennials, but they generally are classified separately because of their method of storing food for next year's growth.)

Perennials flower abundantly and multiply without being coaxed. Most of them are easy to grow. Some require spadework occasionally, but many will tolerate considerable neglect. In fact, I have seen long abandoned farms in Arkansas where gaping cellar holes and tumbled walls of old houses were adorned with great clumps of day lilies, thriving and spreading; and morning glory rising as always to greet the day.

Here are a list of articles on specific plants you may find of interest....

pointerGarden Calendar for Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs

Gardening is any way that humans and nature come together with the intent of creating beauty.
- Tina James, 1999
     

The Art of Gardening

The Art of Gardening "Beautifully illustrated and practical Are you ready to take your garden from good to great? Learn how to build your soil...and more!

 

Greenhouse Plans

What's New?

Discover how to easily build an attractive and affordable greenhouse that will grow anything in any conditions. Also, building your own greenhouse just makes economical sense. You can build a greenhouse at just a fraction of the cost of buying a pre-built one. Most pre-built greenhouse you buy need to be assembled anyway, you are really just paying hugely inflated prices for the material.

Click Here!

 

 

Organic Gardening
Tip of the Day

Plant Search:
 

Natural Resources

Living With Bugs

The Natural Handyman

Great Books

Growing, Older A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables

Growing, Older A Chronicle of Death, Life, and Vegetables

Read More...

Chelsea Green Publishing - the leading publisher of sustainable living books since 1985.